It’s no surprise that I’m addicted to green juice. You may have heard that I’m currently in the middle of a 14 Day Summer Shape Up with Jema Lee from Wellsome. We are drinking 1 fresh juice every day and eating clean. Jema gives us shopping lists, recipes and inspiration along the way. I switched to green smoothies over winter so it’s been great to get back onto the green juice bandwagon. Green juices are my favourite. I avoid juicing fruit because of it’s high sugar content. Note, I love eating whole fruit. Whole fruit contains fibre to help with the slow release of fructose. However, when juiced, the fibre is removed so I avoid the instant sugar hit. I usually sweeten my green juice with 1/2 a green apple – that’s it. Here’s my favourite green juice recipe.
If you’re wondering why I’m addicted to green juices, here’s why.
Instant hit of vitamins, minerals and live enzymes – when a vegetable is juiced the vitamins, minerals, live enzymes and water are extracted and the fibre (pulp) is left behind. So when you’re drinking a glass of fresh vegetable juice, you’re giving your body an instant hit of the good stuff in a much larger quantity than possible if you’re eating the whole vegetable or blending it in a smoothie.
Easy to digest and detoxifying – juicing discards the fibre and allows you to consume a vast array of nutrients giving your body a break from digestion and assisting with the natural detoxification process. Of course, it’s best to source organic produce for a true detox. Read my post here which lists the cleanest produce and the most contaminated produce.
Great hydration tool – starting your day with a fresh green juice is a great hydration tool. A hydrated body is better able to absorb vitamins and minerals. You may be eating the most nutrient dense food on the planet but if your body is dehydrated it won’t be able to absorb and assimilate the nutrients.
My top tip is to drink your green juice first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. The vitamins and minerals are more easily absorbed on an empty stomach. If you can, drink your green juice fresh. Contact with oxygen depletes the nutrients. If you need to store your juice, I would recommend a dark glass airtight container in the fridge.
PS Green juice is not a meal replacement. We need to consume a mix of healthy carbs, protein, fats and vegetables at each meal. You can read about my perfect meal here.
What’s your favourite juice?